Top Things To Do In Bali

Bali, beach paradise, stunning scuba diving, incredible temples and wonderful nightlife.

Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Saepul Jr on Unsplash

Beach Life

Bali has a beach for everyone.

Nusa Dua is a honeymooners paradise and Sanur offers a quieter beach paradise than its more southern neighbours.

Kuta and Legian offer all the beach and night time activities for a younger crowd. Seminyak is popular with a similar, but more upscale crowd.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali. Credit Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash

Tegalalang Rice Terraces

North of Ubud lies a valley of rice paddies set in terraces on the hillside. The area is an excellent short trip from Ubud offering some truly incredible views as well as a host of cafes to satisfy your thirst and hunger.

Best visited in the morning.

Tirta Empul, Bali. Credit Christ06 0n flickr

Tirta Empul

Located just outside of Ubud this temple was made famous in the Julia Roberts film, Eat, Pray, Love and is made up of a number of pools filled by ornate fountains.

The water is sacred for many Hindus who come to bathe.

Legian Nightlife on Bali. Credit prassprasetio on flickr

Night Life

Bali is world famous for its excellent nightlife, attracting top DJ’s and bands from all over the world.

Top spots for party goers are Kuta and Legian, both popular with a younger crowd and Seminyak which has a more upscale vibe.

Sekumpul Waterfalls, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Bertahan Luxing on flickr

Sekumpul Waterfalls

Bali has a number of wonderful waterfalls, in fact there is even a waterfall route that you can follow to get to a number of the best falls on the Island.

Sekumpul is one of, if not the best of them all.

The 40 minute walk to the falls is relatively easy but well worth the time as you come across the 80 metre high drop to the beautiful pool at its base.

Scuba Diving on Bali. Credit Sebastian Mean Lambari on flickr

Scuba Diving

Bali is a scuba diving mecca with world renowned dives sites, some of which are accessible from the shore.

There are plenty of opportunities for complete beginners to learn to dive and then experience incredible sights and experiences.

For more experienced divers there are large pelagic fish, including many sharks, macro eco-systems and wrecks to explore.

Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Enrico Strocchi on flickr.

Ubud Monkey Forest

With a population of around 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Hindu holy site and are believed to protect the area and the three Hindu temples within from evil spirits.

Elephant Cave, Bali, Indonesia. Credit |Amelia Isa on flickr

Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)

One of the holiest Hindu sites on Bali and dating back more than 1,000 years is this grotto covered in carvings of mythological creatures.

Surfing on Bali. Credit Kevin Poh on flickr


Head to Kuta to learn to surf on the gentle waves and then head to some of the best waves around in Sanur and Nusa Dua.

Water temperature is generally warm. Water quality is excellent. Pick the right spot, and the apres-surf scene is superb.

Ulun Danu Temple, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Jimmy McIntyre on flickr

Ulun Danu Temple

On the edge of Baratan Lake in Bedugal is this wonderful temple and surrounding complex that attracts worshipers and visitors from all over Bali.

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Amelia Isa on flickr

Tanah Lot Temple

One of the most famous sights on Bali, this Hindu temple sits on top of a large rock formation that over the years has become separated from the mainland. The temple can be reached on foot during low tide but is surrounded by the sea at other times.

Many flock here for the spectacular sunsets, so get there early for the best view.

Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Jorge Franganillo on flickr

Uluwatu Temple

Sitting on top of a cliff 70 metres above the sea is this incredible temple which offers incredible views and architecture.

There is also a population of monkeys here and there are often traditional Balinese dancers.

Another great spot for a wonderful sunset.

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